U.S. Sen. Katie Britt is recovering at home after being hospitalized in Montgomery over the weekend due to sudden numbness in her face, likely from a swollen nerve, a statement from Britt’s office said on Monday evening.
Doctors have told Britt that the swelling is “most likely caused by a post-viral infection,” the statement said.
“A specialist from UAB has subsequently evaluated me on an outpatient basis and concurred with the prognosis and course of treatment,” the statement read. “My condition is not life-threatening, and recovery could take several weeks. I am grateful for the medical professionals providing excellent care, and my family and I are deeply grateful for your prayers.”
Britt, at 41, is the youngest woman to ever serve in the U.S. Senate and one of the youngest senators in history. She was elected last year after serving as the chief of staff to longtime U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby and as CEO of the Business Council of Alabama.
Britt has quickly established herself as a future star of the Republican Party and has been active in her first year, working across the aisle to sponsor several pieces of legislation and land coveted committee spots.